Premier Guitar’s Perry Bean swooped into Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom to check out the gnarly, pawnshop gear used by FIDLAR’s Brandon Schwartzel, Zac Carper, and Elvis Kuehn. The three punkers detail how they scored their eclectic setups with tales of undervalued exchange rates, birthday presents, and even buying a vintage Fender tube head for an unbelievable price.
Zac Carper was at Old Style Guitars a while back and was looking for a lightweight guitar to help with his ailing back. This black number was hiding in the corner and covered in dust with a $75 price tag. He’s played it all over the FIDLAR albums and onstage, but only recently found out that it’s single volume knob (that actually says tone’) is a push-pull knob that splits the humbucker. Radical, dude!
Bassist Brandon Schwartzel has always been a Fender bass man. On this tour, Fender helped him out and provided him with two Mustang Bass PJ models. As for the carving on the body’s top, that was Brandon’s handiwork with a Dremel tool.
They use D'Addario NYXL strings and light or medium Planet Waves 7DYL3-10 DuraGrip Guitar picks